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71. Al-Muqaddim المقدم

Allah (SwT) has said,

“... so that Allah may forgive your past faults and your faults to come, complete His favor unto you, and guide you on the right course” (Qur’an, 48:2).

Linguistically, taqdeem, the root word of this Attribute, means advancing, promoting, or preferring;”al-Muqaddim” means: the One Who presents things and puts them in their right place, appropriating them. Whoever deserves to be advanced, preferred or favored over others, the Almighty, al-Muqaddim, advances his rank or status. If you endeavor to serve your community or nation, He will advance you in fame and grants you of His blessings provided you do it without seeking a selfish end. And He advances the living, each according to his sincerity of worshipping Him, protecting them against falling into disobedience of Him.

Al-Muqaddim since the beginning of time advanced those whom He loves and made them happy through accurate comprehension and sound judgment. He prefers those who know, who have useful knowledge, over those who do not. He opens the gates of true conviction (‘iman) for everyone. He prefers humans over all others, making them imams, leaders.

And He advances, prefers, favors scholars over ignorant folks, making the first party like stars guiding others to righteousness. He has advanced the Messenger of Allah (S) from the very beginning and will advance him at the very end, in the Hereafter. He took a covenant from all those whom He sent into this world that:

“... When a Messenger comes to you verifying that which is with you, you must believe in him, and you must support him” (Qur’an, 3:81).

He also advanced him on Laylatul-Isra’, the Night Journey. Muhammad (S) led all other Prophets in congregational prayers during that night.

The Holy Qur’an states the following:

“Do not dispute in My presence, and indeed I warned you beforehand” (Qur’an, 50:28).

Muhammad (S), the most honored of all prophets, as Muslims regard him, enjoys a status that tops all those of other Ulul-’Azm prophets1, peace with all of them. Next in status are awliya’, the friends of Allah (SwT), whose status is less only than that of the prophets.

Al-Muqaddim, therefore, advances whomsoever He pleases on account of one’s piety and frequency of returning to Him, to His path, making them truthful. He responds favorably to their pleas. And al-Muqaddim advances the living who worship Him in ranks (in this life as well as in the one to come), protecting them against disobeying or displeasing Him.

  • 1. These, chronologically arranged, are: Noah (‘a), Abraham, Moses (‘a), Jesus (‘a), and Muhammad, peace with them all.